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“A Season of Celebration and Dedication for the ongoing life of Faith Presbyterian Church in giving thanks for the new church building.”
Greetings from the Session of Faith Presbyterian Church. Grace and Peace to all of you.
Like you we are encouraged to have taken possession of our new church home on Bluebird Road. Final projects continue including audio visual installation and working through the “punch list”. We have developed a plan to get the building setup for its future use while maintaining social distance and protecting everyone involved.
Today in our Session Meeting we finalized a plan for, “A Season of Celebration and Dedication for the ongoing life of Faith Presbyterian Church in giving thanks for the new church building.” This plan grows out of the joy we feel at having reached this point in our life of our church. Our season of Celebration and Dedication has various elements – all of which are being planned bearing in mind everyone’s safety and beginning with this video you will start hearing about and reading about all the details.
The Phased Approach to re-opening document states this, “An open house at the new church building using social distancing, masks and other safety measures is under review.” Today we announce and share the various activities scheduled as part of this “open house” in our season of Celebration and Dedication. As you will hear all of them are being planned to allow participation in person and online, we want everyone to be able to participate as they feel able and with care for everyone’s health and safety.
Our Sunday Services of Worship, as we call them, “Worship Connection”, will continue on zoom and be shared on Facebook. As we move through August our worship theme will be, Growing In Faith Together. In words and music Pastor Jim Simpson and I will lead all of us in the worship of God week by week.
On Tuesdays August 11, 18 and 25 at 10 a.m. there will be a 30-40minute drive-in gathering in the church parking lot led in person by the Pastor and others. We will use a recently purchased FM transmitter to broadcast the program to everyone’s car radio. Everyone will remain in their own vehicle and save for an unexpected extreme emergency there will be no access to the building. Since this will be a new experience for all of us, we will learn as we go and review if and how we can enhance these gatherings. Our plan is that these programs will be accessible live on zoom and Facebook.
On Sunday, August 30th everyone is invited to gather together on zoom at 5 p.m. for a festive “Community Celebration.” During this event that has been titled “GIFTS of Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow” we will be given a video tour of the new building with words of introduction, and narration from a variety of people. This video will allow as many of us as possible to see the entire building setup for our future. This event will serve as the Congregational event relating to our GIFT Campaign. All of you will receive materials outlining this planned Campaign prior to the August 30th Celebration.
Beginning the very next day, Monday, August 31st there will be an opportunity for all who wish to take a Scheduled In-Person Tour of our new Church Building. These tours will offer individuals/couples/family groups an assigned time. Only a very few people will be inside the building at any one time and all will wear a face covering and maintain social distance.
The building is the result of the faithfulness and generosity of so many people. Absent the current public health emergency, we would have so enjoyed gathering together in the new place. Aware that we cannot do that safely at this time, these tours, as well as the “Community Celebration” online allow all to see the new building and to anticipate all that it will allow us to do and be in the future. Please look out for communication so you can indicate your desire to take an in-person tour and to then sign up for the best time for you.
On Sunday, September 6, we will have our 10:30 a.m. Worship Service with Communion on zoom as usual and at 5 p.m. we will have a briefer celebratory drive-in event in the church parking lot. This event has been designated as the first opportunity for members and friends of Faith to return their completed Commitment Card in support of the GIFT Campaign. This event will follow all the necessary safety guidelines and as we learn best practices and possibilities from the weekly drive-in events. This event will of course also be carried on zoom and shared on Facebook.
Following September 6, the activities of the church would continue, guided by our Phased Approach document.
Please let us know what questions you have and what information would be helpful. In the announcements and times of connection and conversation following the weekly Service of Worship we will plan to share updates and help everyone be best informed.
As a Session we take our leadership seriously and as was done three years ago we will be making our commitments to the GIFT Campaign prior to August 30. We do this as leaders and because we invite you to do the same having ourselves made our own and our family’s commitment.
As we end this video message, we want to highlight the six Great Ends of the Church. The six great ends or purposes of the church are found in our Book of Order and describe the life to which we are all called. As we hear these Great Ends named we invite every member and friend of Faith Presbyterian Church to continue to be connected and involved in all the ways you can.
The presence of everyone in our weekly Services of Worship by whatever means both honors God and offers encouragement and support to everyone in the church. While virtual worship has its limitations we are always called to worship God and be within the fellowship – everyone’s involvement helps, everyone’s presence and participation offers support to all!
The Great Ends of the Church are:
The proclamation of the gospel for the salvation of humankind
The shelter, nurture and spiritual fellowship of the children of God
The maintenance of divine worship
The preservation of the truth
The promotion of social righteousness
And The exhibition of the kingdom of heaven to the world
Let us pray,
As stewards, growing in faith together, our lives are dedicated to:
Nurturing creation, Sharing substance, Offering abundance,
Cultivating Christ in community, Growing in grace,
and Expressing gratitude for all God's gifts.
What we offer today is but a shadow of our faithful intent,
merely a portion of our lives surrendered in trust.
Grant us, O God, the courage to see beyond things to the glory of true sacrifice.
In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray.
Weekly Worship Connection Faith Presbyterian Church in Blue Ridge GA
Every Sunday, until further notice
The zoom Gathering will open at 10:00 AM (EDT) and the WORSHIP CONNECTION program will begin at 10:30 a.m.
To get started on your computer, tablet or smartphone….
Download and install Zoom on Windows
1. Go to https://zoom.us/download
2. Click Download below the headline “Zoom Client for Meetings”
3. Choose “Save file” to download the Zoom installation program to your computer.
4. Double click on the downloaded program (ZoomInstaller.exe) to start the installation.
The church will provide the Meeting ID in the days before the Worship Connection takes place.
You do NOT need to create an account and you do NOT need to subscribe for an account – no need to pay any money.
To request the zoom link for the Worship Connection please send us an email at: email@example.com
On Sunday, October 6, 2019, the congregation participated in our very own, "This Is Your Life." In celebration of ALL who "throw their hats in the ring" by means of their participation in the life and mission of the church.
Church Ground Breaking
We love our visitors, so feel free to come and be part of the worshiping congregation any Sunday at 10:30 a.m. or visit the church during office hours - 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Monday - Friday.
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Faith Presbyterian Church (USA)
Located at: 56 Mountain Street
Blue Ridge Ga. 30513
Post Office Box 2668
Blue Ridge Ga.
Office Phone 706-374-5912
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